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07/17/19- 2019-2020 Regional Athletic Administrators Meetings of Membership

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This reminder is for all member school Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors within the KHSAA. 

For the fall of 2019, the KHSAA will again conduct a series of eight regional meetings to help our athletic administrators meet the membership requirement of attending this type of meeting once per year.

Per the membership guidelines, attendance is required of each school but is no longer specific to the principal or principal certification. The Principal or the Designated Representative listed on the KHSAA website will count toward each requirement. Also, this workshop is on the list of those items that satisfy the requirements for the continuing improvement hours for each Athletic Director per Bylaw 25. There is no registration fee.

The content for the segments will include sessions on managing the coach and player data for your school, a review of the KHSAA Bylaws, an update on the operations and projects around the KHSAA and many required reports and […]


07/17/19- Heat and Humidity Reminders for Member Schools Representatives

2019-2020 News Releases

With temperatures rising across the state and predictions for record temperatures in the coming days, now is a good time to remind all of our school administrators and coaches of the requirements of the Heat Index and Heat Illness prevention program. The complete program is detailed at

No game or plan for a game or practice for a game is worth short-cutting this required procedure that is now more than fifteen years old. Nothing about the program has changed with the exception of the inclusion of the ability to use the wet bulb globe to monitor conditions, but with the turnover in coaches (and administrators) perhaps a few heat index and illness reminders are helpful:

  • Heat index requirements and restrictions apply (and have always applied) to outdoor and indoor sports. In many cases during the summer, indoor practice areas (including gymnasiums) are set to be electronically controlled in terms of temperature and coaches […]


07/16/19 – “Coaching Field Hockey” Course Added to NFHS Learning Center

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 16, 2019) — Field hockey coaches can now take advantage of a new coaching resource, “Coaching Field Hockey,” an online education course available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center at

Created in association with USA Field Hockey, the course is designed to help coaches teach the individual and team skills of field hockey.

“We’re pleased to offer this course for high school field hockey coaches,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “This course is full of skills videos to teach coaches how to properly demonstrate the skills of field hockey.”

“The two new online courses, Coaching Field Hockey and Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping, were created to help high school coaches and their athletes and teams to succeed,” said Craig Parnham, USA Field Hockey director of coach education and learning. “Both courses are intended to support development of the technical and tactical aspects […]


06/27/19 – New Definition for Damaged Bats Highlights High School Softball Rules Changes

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 27, 2019) —A new definition for a damaged bat is one of three high school softball rules changes for the 2020 season.

The three rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee at its June 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

A damaged bat will now be defined as a bat that was once legal, but is broken, cracked, dented, rattles or has sharp edges that might deface the ball (Rules 1-5-1, 7-4-2, 2-4-3).

Previously, a damaged bat was considered an illegal bat, with the penalty being an out when the batter entered the batter’s box. Now, damaged bats are simply removed from the game without penalty.

“This rule defines damaged bats and distinguishes them from non-approved and altered bats,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Softball Rules Committee. “The committee […]


06/27/19 – Assisting Injured Athletes, Expansion of Exchange Zones Among Rules Changes in Track and Field/Cross Country

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 27, 2019) — The expansion of exchange zones in short relay events, which does not require tracks to be repainted/resurfaced, as well as assisting injured athletes, are among the rules changes for high school track and field and cross country.

Seven rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee at its June 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The first change amends notes in Rule 4 (Competitors and Competition) and Rule 8 (Cross Country) which reads, “A competitor who provides assistance to an injured or ill competitor should not be disqualified if neither the individual competitor providing the assistance nor his/her team gains an advantage as a result of providing the assistance.”

“Previous changes to the NFHS rules created the exception that allows a competitor to assist an […]


06/27/19 – Expanded Designated Hitter Role Coming to High School Baseball

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 27, 2019) — The role of the designated hitter in high school baseball has been expanded to give coaches an additional option for the 2020 season.

The revision to Rule 3-1-4 was the only change recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis. The change was subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The game is in the best shape it has ever been in the history of high school baseball,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee. “This has allowed coaches to coach, players to play and umpires to umpire. This change, which was organic and intuitive, expands the role of the designated hitter and meets the desires of the high school baseball community.”

There are now two scenarios in which a designated hitter may be […]


06/13/19 – Field Hockey Goalkeeping Course Added to NFHS Learning Center

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 13, 2019) — “Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping,” an online education course produced in partnership with USA Field Hockey, has been added to the available courses on the NFHS Learning Center at

“Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping” is a sport-specific course that demonstrates the skills, techniques and tactics of playing the goalkeeper position in field hockey. As the last line of defense, goalkeepers require unique and supportive teaching and training.

“We’re excited to offer this professional development opportunity for field hockey coaches and look forward to expanding coaches’ knowledge of the game,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services.

“Teaching, developing, motivating and including goalkeepers in training is an important part of team development and a common challenge, especially for coaches who have never played the position,” said Craig Parnham, USA Field Hockey director of coach education and learning. “This course focuses on the basic techniques and includes simple exercises to […]


05/29/19 – Triple Threat, Academic All-State Honorees Finalized for 2018-19

2018-2019 News Releases


The Kentucky High School Athletic Association today announced final counts for its “Triple Threat Award” and “Academic All-State” recognition programs for the 2018-19 academic year. In its second year of existence, the Triple Threat Award was presented to a total of 1,878 student-athletes for 2018-19, while 151 KHSAA member schools recognized a total of 10,046 students as First Team Academic All-State and 5,772 students as Academic All-State Honorable Mention.

“We are very pleased with the participation level of our membership with the Triple Threat and Academic All-State programs,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Both of those processes have been automated to help our membership and make the recognition more readily available to our great student-athletes.”

Created by the Commissioner’s office in May of 2018 as a way to continue the national emphasis and the KHSAA’s own efforts to de-emphasize sports specialization in the athletic culture, the Triple Threat Award […]


Academic All State Honoree Listing Announced

Academic All-State 2018-19

Initiated in 1985, the KHSAA annually awards to students in the state of Kentucky “Academic All-State” recognition in conjunction with a corporate partner. The awards, in the form of certificates, are presented to students who have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a four-point scale. Those students are awarded “Honorable Mention” recognition. Students maintaining a 3.75 cumulative average on a four-point scale are designated “First Team.” The awards are based on cumulative grade point averages from the time of enrollment in ninth grade, are given only to varsity participants, and only to participants who are enrolled in grades nine through twelve.

For 2018-19, 151 KHSAA member schools recognized a total of 10,046 students as First Team and 5,772 as Honorable Mention. The count of schools and awards are based solely on the participation of the member schools and the certificates are a function of the member school login site provided by the Association. For 2017-18 and for reference, the KHSAA reported a […]


05/15/19 – Several Equipment Changes Highlight High School Basketball Rules Changes

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 15, 2019) — Five of the seven rules changes in high school basketball concern player equipment, including new uniform provisions that will be required in the 2024-25 season.

All seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Effective with the 2024-25 season, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself. Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult to see in many cases. The other two options in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect.

A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms.

Four […]


2019-2020 Approved KHSAA J-1/F-1 Exchange Agencies

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Case BL-7-2- What are the approved J-1 VISA programs for Foreign Exchange Students?
Students holding a J-1 VISA issued by the U.S. Department of State and placed in KHSAA member schools through a CSIET approved agency may be declared eligible by the Association. For more information, contact the CSIET website by going to An agency may be removed from the listing at any time for noncompliance with the basic rules regarding random placement of students and other Federal provisions.
At this time, this list contains the following approved J-1 Inbound Programs agencies:
American Councils
AIFS Foundation
Amicus International Student Exchange
Aspect Foundation
ASSE and World Heritage International
Ayusa International
Borderless Friends Forever
Children of All Nations
Cultural Homestay International
Educational Merit Foundation
Education […]


04/29/19- Getting Smart but Acting Foolishly: There is a Solution (Op-Ed Column)

2018-2019 News Releases

By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

We communicate on smartphones, drive smart cars, make purchases using smart cards and even drink smart water. But, really, how smart are we?

Between college admission and internet privacy scandals, sexual misconduct investigations, stolen trade secrets and the growing concern about how we communicate and connect with each other, technology seems to be outpacing our capacity to understand the most responsible way to use it.

In other words, how are tomorrow’s leaders being groomed to make decisions that provide the perspective, balance, and strength of character that today’s advanced world needs?

The answer is by participating in high school sports like the ones offered by the high schools in Kentucky.

Most researchers agree that leaders are made, not born, through […]


04/25/19 – Additional Time Given to Evaluate Head, Neck Injuries in High School Wrestling

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 25, 2019) — In an ongoing effort to minimize the risk of injury in high school wrestling, additional time will be given to evaluate head and neck injuries when an appropriate health-care professional is present at a match.

In addition to the 1½ minutes of injury time allotted for each wrestler, an appropriate health-care professional will have a maximum of five minutes to evaluate injuries to the head and neck involving the cervical column and/or nervous systems. At that point, the wrestler would have to continue or default the match.

This revision in injury time in Rule 8-2-4 is one of 17 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its April 3-5 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

A second injury to the head and neck involving cervical column and/or central nervous system in […]


Ball Adoptions for 2019-2020 and Beyond

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Reminder to school administrators about the primary points of the KHSAA and its ball adoption agreements.

In an effort to offset the services and events provided by the KHSAA and eliminate passing on a great deal of additional cost to the membership, the association has long entered into official ball adoption agreements. The provisions of these agreements are similar and official ball numbers are listed in the table below.

There is no change in the balls adopted for 2019-2020 and beyond when compared to 2018-2019.

The following provisions are in place in each of the listed sports:

  • A brand specific requirement is in place. For example, the Select Sport soccer ball is required for all use in postseason play (all levels). However, the ball does NOT have to be the Royale model. Specific models are the choice of the member school, however, the administrators should be mindful that dealer price points will likely be in place […]


04/22/19 – Six Rules Changes Approved in High School Swimming, Diving

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 22, 2019) — Effective with the 2019-20 high school season, a legal finish now requires the competitor to contact either the touchpad or the finish end coinciding with the individual stroke of the race. With this change, swimmers can legally complete a race by touching the finish end (end wall), regardless of whether the touchpad is activated.

This rules revision, which affects the finish of all strokes used in swimming, was one of two swimming and four diving changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at its March 24-26 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 8-1-7 now will require swimmers to contact the finish end in the manner prescribed by the individual strokes. Descriptions of the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle finishes in Rule 8-2 state that a legal finish requires contact with […]


04/01/19 – List of Items for Annual Required Financial Aid Report

Athletic Department Blog Updates

It is once again that time of year for ALL KHSAA member schools to complete the required annual financial aid report in compliance with Bylaw 11. This report is required of ALL KHSAA member schools. In an effort to assist Principals and Athletic Directors in preparing for this report, this checklist of information is provided so that you can spend a few days gathering the required data and information prior to the request for report completion.

The link to enter the required report will open for completion on April 15. Gathering this information before the link is sent on April 15 should allow you to quickly complete the report in expedited fashion. Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh ( will be the contact for sending out the request for submissions and should be able to address any of your questions.

The following is a list of information you should have available when submitting the 2018-2019 Financial Aid Report:



03/19/19- Reminder about 2018-2019 Title IX and Participation List Submission

Athletic Department Blog Updates

With spring sports in full swing and most schools getting ready to take some form of spring break, it is time to remind each of you that the annual reports for Title IX and the Participation List are due on April 30.

  • If you have specific questions about Title IX and the law itself, our office should be able to help get you some assistance. Asst. Commissioner Darren Bilberry ( is our primary contact for your questions related to the law and its interpretations.
  • Information Technology Director Rob Catron (, as well as almost any of our support staff, can help you with electronic issues including login and report preparation using the online system. The online system is currently available for entry.

Roster and Team Requirements

  • All teams that compete interscholastically (against other schools) at any level (freshmen, JV or varsity) in the eighteen sports and sport-activities in which the offers a championship shall be […]


  • 03/19/19- Golf Realignment and Format Status

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    September, 2018 – Board begins discussions surrounding golf realignment and tournament qualification.

    • Realignment was viewed as long overdue and the Board and staff have spent a great deal of time discussing the state golf tournament and the best way to qualify teams and individuals.
    • The membership through its Principals and Designated Representatives had expressed a desire through various meetings to have the boys and girls in golf in the same region.
    • For several years, golf had twelve regions for boys and eleven for girls.
    • In addition, the Kentucky Golf House had worked with staff and participants to emphasis pace of play at the state tournament in a variety of ways. The staff and Board of Control were aware of this concern, but primarily to the extent that the rounds of golf could be completed each day and not require stayovers to finish incomplete rounds.

    November, 2018 – Board further discusses issues surrounding golf […]


    01/28/19- Calculating the RPI

    Athletic Department Blog Updates


    • RPI will be implemented in all sports as a publicity tool.
    • In Football, the RPI will be incorporated into the tournament rules as a means of seeding Rounds 3, 4 and 5
    • RPI stands for “Ratings Percentage Index”. In short, it is a way to measure a team’s strength relative to other teams, based largely on the strength of their schedules.
    • The RPI formula is used by both the NCAA and NAIA, along with many high school associations and among other organizations, as part of their postseason system.

    What percentages are being used in the formula?

    • Starting in 2018-19, the formula will be as follows for all sports:
      • Each game RPI = GR*((0.35 × WP) + (0.35 × OWP) + (0.30 × OOWP))
      • Total RPI is summative
      • GR=Game Result. 1.0 for a win, .5 for a tie, 0 for a loss
      • WP=Winning Percentage of the Team being […]


    01/28/19- Basic Explanation, the New RPI to be used for Football

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    More Details about the Use of the RPI (Football Only)

    • To be published by Week 6 (hopefully earlier but data not as accurate early)
    • To be frozen after Week 11. This will be labeled “Playoff RPI”
    • Out of State games .50 (fifty percent) per the original plan until able to automatically retrieve all out of state records. Data modeling will occur to compare accuracy.
    • Potential Use to break three-way ties in districts
    • Seed Third Round based on Playoff RPI (all classes)
      • Highest remaining seed in regions 1-4 host fourth highest remaining in regions 1-4;
      • 2nd highest remaining seed in regions 1-4 host third highest remaining seed in regions 1-4;
      • Highest remaining seed in regions 5-8 host fourth highest remaining in regions 5-8;
      • 2nd highest remaining seed in regions 5-8 host third highest remaining seed in regions 5-8.
    • Seed Fourth Round based on Playoff RPI-
      • Highest remaining seed hosts fourth highest […]


    02/15/19 – Board of Control Election Procedures

    Athletic Department Blog Updates


    • Balloting is ONLY done online for these positions.
    • Balloting is available beginning on February 15.
    • Only the Principal or Designated Representative may vote. The names on file as verified by the KHSAA website at the time of this ballot distribution are listed on the school directory page at
    • If the wrong individual is listed as the Designated Representative, the correction may be made by anyone with Athletic Director system rights (Principal, AD) prior to the ballot being submitted. For support in correcting these entries, contact Rob Catron or Marilyn Mitchell at the KHSAA offices, however the change will be for all items related to Bylaw 1 and for the remainder of the school year.
    • Those that have multiple system roles (coach, AD, etc.) be sure you select that you are logging in as the […]


    2/14/19- Reminder to Schools about Esports Rosters and Information

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    For the 2018-2019 school year, KHSAA member schools participating in the sport-activity of esports through the KHSAA/PlayVs partnership are required to enter and maintain their teams, coaches and participants in the KHSAA member school database. THIS STEP DOES NOT REPLACE THE NECESSITY OF REGISTERING COACH AND PARTICIPANT SPECIFIC INFORMATION WITH PLAYVS. If you are participating in esports through another entity (not through PlayVS), please disregard this notice and do not enter your school information.


    • As with any other sport/sport-activity, the first step the AD (or other designated administrator) will need to do is update the school’s Sport Participation Information grid to add the team(s) to the database, which will then allow entry of participants and coaches. (Direct link:
    • On this grid, you will now see both of the newly added esports seasons (Esports – Fall and Esports – […]


    02/12/2019-Commissioner’s Statement on NFHS Football Rule Change Related to Replay

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    KHSAA staff is aware of the rule change and thankfully, we were part of the discussion. At this point, there are no plans to implement replay for our state football championship games, which is likely the only round in which we would consider it at this time. There is also no current plans to implement replay in other sports as well. It would take considerable research into costs, facility equipment, and needed manpower before stepping into this area. We applaud our peer states for their experimentation in this area and are equally proud that they were able during an experimental period to try the rule at minimal cost. We are also aware that for the future, that “minimal cost” will be changing to market pricing and again, have to ask the question of practicality.

    While we all desire the best possible outcomes and all officials strive to “get it right”, this is truly a case where […]


    02/05/19 – Esports Spring Season Participation Deadline February 8

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Season Zero ended last week with Boyle County High School taking home the first KHSAA esports state title. Congratulations to Coach Laymon and the BoCo Gold team. The livestream of the state championship match is available at

    The deadline to join the esports Spring 2019 season is this Friday, February 8th. If your school is interested in participating, please be sure to create an account on by the deadline to get started. You can still complete your profile and fill out your computer specifications afterward. Players have until February 22nd to sign up and finalize teams.



    • The regular season will run from the week of February 25th – April 22nd.
    • Matches will be played at 4 p.m. EST on the following days for each league:
      • Tuesdays: League of Legends – Two consecutive […]


    02/01/19 – 2019-20 High School Volleyball Rules Changes Impact Uniforms, Prematch Protocol

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 1, 2019) — An overhaul of uniform-related rules and an adjustment to team roster submissions were among the most notable rules changes identified for the 2019-20 high school volleyball season.

    All rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee at its January 6-8 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “The sport of volleyball continues to be in a really good place,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. “The rules committee focused its changes this year on improving the administration of the match by taking into account the feedback it received via the 2018 NFHS Volleyball Rules Questionnaire.”

    The changes in uniform rules are a part of Rule 4-2, which reorganizes the uniform rule to improve understanding and eliminate solid-colored uniform requirements.

    Rule 4-2-1, which permits teammates to wear like-colored […]


    01/31/19 – Criteria for Completing Penalty Corner Among 2019 High School Field Hockey Rules Changes

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 31, 2019) — Rules regarding the completion of a penalty corner were among the changes for the 2019 high school field hockey season.

    All rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee at its January 7-9 meeting in Indianapolis, and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “The Field Hockey Rules Committee continues to examine current trends of the game and work on overall consistency in the rules book,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee. “While the sport continues to prosper, there are areas such as eye protection where the committee feels it is best to continue to research options for the betterment of the sport.”

    Regarding eye protection, the committee voted to delay the requirement for all eye protection to be permanently labeled with the ASTM 2713 standard for field […]


    1/24/19- Dear Mom and Dad, and in some cases, School Personnel: Cool it (Op-Ed Column)

    2018-2019 News Releases

    By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

    If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Kentucky or one of the key school administrators in a member school or member school district, this message is primarily for you.

    When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, or the members of your student body, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, it’s time for everyone to cool it. “The time has come for everyone involved in the game to “pump the brakes” as it relates to conduct at games, particularly, the parents who attend,” noted NFHS Executive Director Karissa Niehoff.

    Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, […]


    01/11/19 – Esports Season Zero Playoff Info, Spring Season Update

    2018-2019 News Releases

    The playoffs for Esports Season Zero are underway! Congratulations to Wolves Blue from Wolfe County High School for an undefeated regular season. They will face off against BoCo Black from Boyle County High School in the semifinals next week.

    A huge congratulations to all of the following schools for making it into the Top 8:

    Cardinals 1 from Nelson County
    SDHS from St. Henry District
    Titans from Collins
    Paarthurnax from Warren Central
    BoCo Gold from Boyle County 
    Eagle Level 7 from Johnson Central

    Schools and students alike have seen the tremendous benefits of participating in esports.

    “Collins High School esports has given a select group of students the chance to get out of their comfort zone and be a part of something with our school. It’s fun to see them interact with students they wouldn’t have without this opportunity. Win, lose, or draw this is a success!” – Powell Miller […]


    12/14/18 – Swimming & Diving Updates & Reminders

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    There are a variety of reminders and updates included below for Swimming & Diving Coaches and participants. The information below supersedes any previous communication/interpretation issued.

    Regular Season Schedule for Both Swimming and Diving
    The Association has been communicating with Invitational meet hosts in an attempt to update the KHSAA website listing. Please review and email Kara Howard ( with any details if you are hosting any type of swim meet, including a diving invitational. Please include details such as the use of electronic relay equipment, use of wedges and if diving is part of the meet. To report your meet, go to

    Diving Coach Designation
    Administrators, please make sure the information on your diving coach (name and email address) has been entered in the school personnel area through the KHSAA website to assist these coaches in getting proper communications from the office. Even if your swimming coach is also the diving coach, […]


    12/11/18 – New ACL Injury Prevention Course Available on NFHS Learning Center

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 11, 2018) — A new online education course regarding ACL injury prevention is now available on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center, thanks to a partnership between the NFHS and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).

    The “ACL Injury Prevention” course is part of a sponsorship agreement between the NFHS and the NFHS Network, and HSS, the leading orthopedic hospital in the United States located in New York City. HSS is ranked No. 1 in orthopedics for the ninth consecutive year in 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. The course is available free of charge on the NFHS Learning Center at

    While the course is designed to help coaches reduce the risk of ACL injuries to their student-athletes, it can be beneficial for administrators, students, parents and others as well. The course deals with the causes of ACL injuries, how to identify and correct movement […]


    12/12/18 – Reminder about Stats Collection REQUIREMENT and Penalties for Noncompliance

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Starting next week, the KHSAA will begin compiling daily statewide statistical leader reports for boys’ and girls’ basketball. The reports will be updated every day at approximately 3 a.m., allowing for more current and up-to-date information to be displayed at

    Statistical entry is required of all member schools, and those failing to meet the requirement to enter stats are subject to penalties from the Commissioner, including fines and other actions within the constraints of Bylaw 27. Based upon recommendations from the Basketball Advisory Committee in 2016, the fine for schools not in compliance was doubled, as it creates a competitive imbalance for those that do participate.

    The requirement to enter statistics, which has been in place for several years, was reiterated to coaches during the online rules clinic. Statistical entry has the benefit of allowing member schools to highlight and promote the accomplishment of their student-athletes, which should be a priority for all involved […]


    12/10/18- Early Season Basketball/Wrestling Interpretations

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    This is being posted on the KHSAA basketball and wrestling web pages, as well as being distributed to all schools, basketball officials, and basketball assigners via email.

    As we begin the basketball and wrestling seasons, three issues have been consistently discussed with communication to and from the KHSAA offices and various association representatives.


    All receiving this communication are reminded that there is no appeal of a judgment call by an official, including ejection of a player or coach. Bylaw 21 is explicit in that not only may protests not be granted, but they may not even be considered. This is not to say that coaches and school representatives should not give feedback to the local assigning secretaries.

    As independent contractors, it is important that the assigners receive feedback as such not only helps the development of the officiating staff in that association but also helps the assigner determine future assignments. But this review […]


    12/04/18- Football Schools Required to Submit Spring Practice Date Options

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    Per KHSAA Bylaw 23, each school must submit its spring practice dates on or before December 15, 2018, for the spring, 2019 spring practice period. Failure to submit these dates by December 15 will result in the school not being permitted to conduct spring practice. This deadline is to be rigidly enforced for 2018-19 so do not delay in submitting.

    Once submitted, these dates cannot be changed. There will be NO extensions due to coaching vacancies, etc. The selection of spring practice is solely a function of the school calendar and not personnel.

    Go to this link — and submit your dates for 2019 on or before December 15, 2018.

    The Spring Practice regulations are reprinted below–

    Each football school may conduct ten (10) spring practice periods of not more than two (2) hours in length and […]


    12/03/18- First Phase (T35 Report) Open for Title IX Reporting Entry for 2018-19

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    The initial phase of entry for the 2018-2019 Title IX Reports, the ability to enter the financial information from 2017-18 to be entered on the form T-35, is available and online at There have only minimal changes based on the great cooperation and feedback from the membership.


    There has been a continual effort to eliminate inconsistent information that has been entered on that form, and the following points are emphasized:

    • Entry for the T35 is now open. Login to and begin entry when you are ready.
    • The T35 requires you to enter 2017-2018 expense information, as it has been audited within your school and district.
    • Your previous Annual Reports can be quickly reviewed in the KHSAA School Subdomain (the login page) by clicking on the tab labeled Past Title IX Annual Reports, in case you want to review past submissions.
    • The T35 is to be entered with all KHSAA sanctioned […]


    11/20/18- Kentucky Student-Athletes Invited to Apply for 2019 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year

    2018-2019 News Releases

    Kentucky senior student-athletes with ties to agriculture may apply for one of six scholarships and the honor of being recognized as a 2019 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.

    The program is a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

    “Students who participate in athletics and work in agriculture must juggle work, sports, and studies to achieve their goals,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This program is a way we can recognize their hard work and sacrifice while helping them continue their education.”

    “Our office is always looking for more ways to honor and recognize the hard work of student-athletes, and we are certainly appreciative of the Department of Agriculture for its sponsorship of this program,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We realize agriculture students have a lot of responsibilities to balance, and we are thrilled to be able to highlight them for their accomplishments.”

    To […]


    11/20/18-Applications Being Accepted for Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for 18-19

    2018-2019 News Releases

    When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service. The award process for 2018-2019 is now underway.

    Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through Friday, January 12, 2019. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. Minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement and a member of the […]


    11/20/18-Revisions, Clarifications and Reminders about Students Practicing/Playing While Ineligible

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    At the 2018 KHSAA Annual Meeting, the membership approved several changes to the bylaws regarding eligibility which the staff will begin to work through the promulgation process mandated by the legislature in the coming weeks. We are hopeful that these changes will be adopted and implemented for final inclusion in the 2019-20 Handbook sometime early next summer. This communication relates ONLY to Proposal 2018-03. Any changes contained in 2018-01, 2018-02 and 2018-04 will need final legislative approval in the spring of 2019 before implementation.

    One of the approved changes was contained in Proposal 2018-03, which is detailed on page two of the document at This change would place into the regulation the provision that it is school choice as to whether a student with a pending ruling (original or appeal) could be allowed to practice with the team (including scrimmages). This change was part regulatory and part interpretation, as the provisions restricting such […]


    11/18/18- Update on Golf Alignment and Tournament Format Project

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    It is recommended that this information is shared with all those that are interested, including coaches while realizing that any official response from the member school should come from the Designated Representative per Bylaw 1.

    For its last two meetings, and beginning with discussion during the 2017-18 school year, the Board of Control has been reviewing the golf program within the Association. Realignment is long overdue and the Board and staff have spent a great deal of time discussing the state golf tournament and the best way to qualify teams and individuals. The current system has been in place for many years, and certainly merits review.

    Following this latest Board meeting, it is evident that the membership needs to be updated on the progress and processes going forward.

    First and foremost, it is IMPERATIVE that the membership complete the survey that was submitted to the schools in early November. To complete the survey, go to […]


    10/24/18- New Feature in School System to Create Academic All State Certificates

    Athletic Department Blog Updates

    After receiving considerable positive feedback at this year’s regional meetings, the feature has been added to the school login system to create the Academic All-State Certificates at your school. This will allow member schools to print these awards at the school and not have to worry about maintaining stock in pre-printed certificates, etc.

    The feature has been added to the menu on the school login page where the Athletic Director, Principal or Designated Representative maintains the overall Athletic roster for the school (not the sport specific roster maintenance occasionally assigned to coaches). Simply login to the school system at

    On the school login page, third menu group from the top on the left, select Maintain/View/Print Rosters, then select Maintain Overall Athletic Roster, and in the top part of the screen, select Generate Academic All-State Certificates. You will then select the team, and designate whether the student is First Team (cumulative 3.75 or better on a 4.0 scale) […]


    10/08/18- UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Seeks Nominations for Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year

    2018-2019 News Releases

    UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, through its partnership with the KHSAA, seeks nominations for the Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year, meeting the following criteria:

    • The nominee must have overcome illness or injury that affected their ability to participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports.
    • The nominee must have returned to their sport(s) and demonstrated excellence and achievement beyond expectations.
    • The nominee must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field.
    • The nominee must be in verified good academic standing with their school.
    • The nominee must have participated and been a member of an athletic team during the 2017-2018 academic year.
    • Nominations shall be submitted by December 30, 2018, to the KHSAA through the link at

    Nominees will be automatically forwarded to UK HealthCare and the Sports Medicine Staff for review and selection.

    • The selection committee, consisting of athletic trainers from each region across the state, will […]


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